Report of Chairman 2015


It was was an exceptional year for RCEL in 2015 and one of record expenditure; we were able to distribute over £2.84M in global welfare of which £1.75M came from our own funds and the balance from other UK Service Charities and Founder Members. ...read more...

Report of Chairman 2014

Sepoy Fakhruddin joined the British Indian Army on 21 March 1942 at the age of 17 years and worked in the Motor Transport section of the 13th Lancers.  He served in Calcutta, Italy and Singapore. ...read more... 

Report of Chairman 2013

LCpl Semu Sentongo who served with the Kings African Rifles and deployed to Burma in 1944 is completely blind, deaf and unable to walk.  He is desperately frail and he would not have any quality of life without the assistance provided by the RCEL. ...read more... 

Report of Chairman 2012

Mr Eric Rozario, who lives in Chennai India, served with the Madras Guards from July 1940 to August 1947. He was awarded two medals; the India Service Medal and 1939-1945 War Medal which he proudly displays. ... read more... 

Report of Chairman 2011

We distributed £1.9m of welfare grants in 2011, from RCEL’s own funds and those of other Founder RCEL Members and UK Service Charities. This enabled us to help 13,428 ex servicemen and women who had served the Crown and who live in over 56 countries. ... read more... 

 

TOURS 2015

ZIMBABWE

In Zimbabwe RCEL works with ZANE (Zimbabwe a National Emergency) which was founded by Tom Benyon in 2005 after becoming involved with the provision of help to the widow of a Zimbabwe farmer murdered by the “veterans of the revolution”. ...read more...

BOTSWANA

During the Welfare Tour to Zimbabwe in 2012 by the Secretary General it was suggested that RCEL might be able to investigate eligible beneficiaries in Botswana.  During an earlier visit by The Princess Royal and the DA it was clear that there were a number of pre-independence veterans who fought for the British Crown who were still alive in Botswana. ...read more...

SOUTH AFRICA

South Africa is one of the Founder Members of the League and South Africa hosted the inaugural Meeting in the City Hall, Cape Town on 21 February 1921.  The aim of the South African Legion is to provide care, employment and housing for veterans and widows. ...read more...

TANZANIA

Prior to Major Ian Sharp’s involvement in the distribution of welfare grants in Tanzania we had little confidence in the governance of our Member Organisation which eventually led to their suspension.  For the last 4 years Ian Sharp has driven over 20,000 kms and personally validated and paid out over 800 veterans across the length and breadth of Tanzania. ...read more...


BELIZE

Since the last visit to Belize by Controller Welfare in 2011 the number of veterans and widows has reduced from 54 to 22. ...read more...

TRINIDAD

The Trinidad & Tobago Legion was founded in 1945 to assist with the resettlement of veterans returning to the Island having served in the Second World War. ...read more...

GUYANA

Initially the membership of the Guyana Legion was exclusive to those who served during World Wars 1 and II.  ...read more...

BURMA

This tour was conducted to consolidate on the work completed by the Secretary General  ...read more...

CAMEROON

The Fraternal Union of Cameroon Ex-Servicemen of the Crown (FUCEMOC) has been a great success under the careful guidance of Dick Scott. ...read more...


TOURS 2014

PAKISTAN

Our organisation in Pakistan, the Commonwealth Ex-Services Trust (CEST), formerly known as the Commonwealth Ex-Services Association of Pakistan (CESAP), is a voluntary committee. ...read more... 

BANGLADESH

The Bangladesh Armed Services Board (BASB) represents RCEL and was set up in 1972, after the split from Pakistan, to serve the needs of all 3 services of the Bangladesh Armed Forces. The HQ is in offices in Dhaka, away from the MOD and main HQs but more accessible to veterans who need to visit the offices. ...read more... 

KENYA

The Defence Forces Comrades Association (DEFOCA) with the support of the Kenya Legion represents RCEL in country.  DEFOCA has a membership of over 39,000, the vast majority being post independence veterans which is their main focus. ...read more... 

SEYCHELLES

Effectively, there are two separate groups of veterans in the Seychelles. The Seychelles Ex-Servicemen Fund (SESF), who care for ex-servicemen post World War 2, and the Tobruk Club, who care for World War 2 veterans and widows. ...read more... 

MAURITIUS

The Mauritius Ex-Services Trust Fund (MEST) became fully operational in 2005 and subsumed 4 different ex-service organisations under one umbrella.  ...read more... 

 

MALAYSIA

RCEL is represented by the Malaysian Ex-British Army Association based in Kuala Lumpur. This relatively new organisation is now well established and administered by a very enthusiastic committee led by the President, Mr Che Onn Bin Neamat, who is the driving force and dedicates a great deal of his time to Association matters. ...read more... 

SRI LANKA

In Sri Lanka, the Sri Lankan Ex-Services Association (SLESA) continues to vigorously promote Remembrance each year and receives more Poppies each year than any other organisation.  ...read more... 

ST LUCIA

The St Lucia Legion Branch of RCEL have 95 registered eligible veterans and widows.  From this number there were 24 veterans and 24 widows who received invaluable support from the Royal Canadian Legion. ...read more... 

ANTIGUA

The Antigua and Barbuda Ex-Servicemen’s Association, which has only recently re-joined RCEL, is well organised and the Executive committee is very focussed and enthusiastic.  At the time of the visit they had 16 eligible veterans and widows, 8 of those being ex World War 2 veterans. ...read more... 

GRENADA

The Grenada Legion had 11 identified and eligible beneficiaries, 5 veterans and 6 widows.  The Royal Canadian Legion has been supporting these veterans and widows with an annual grant. ...read more... 

 

TOURS 2013

SINGAPORE


The six veterans and one widow who are eligible and registered in Singapore are cared for by the DA’s assistant, Mr Mick Saunders who is dedicated and does an excellent job supporting our beneficiaries.  All the beneficiaries are assisted by a number of different military charities through our Agency work. ...read more...

CYPRUS


The Cyprus Veterans Association World War ll (CVA) have their offices in Southern Nicosia and have a total of 132 veterans and widows registered; there are 42 located in the South and 90 in the North.  Each one of these registered veterans and widows received a grant in 2013. ...read more...

BURMA


The visit to Burma was arranged specifically to disburse the funds provided by The Gurkha Welfare Trust (GWT).  From a total of 935 eligible veterans and widows, 50 are eligible for assistance from the GWT. ...read more...

UGANDA


The Uganda Ex-Serviceman’s Association has 250 branches throughout the country with 1,134 identified eligible veterans and widows.  The organisation is efficiently run by the Secretary General, Mr Herbert Kamyuka. ... read more...

LESOTHO


For the past 10 years the ex-servicemen and widows of the Basotho Legion of BESL have been cared for by Lt Col Jurie vd Merwe. As a result of Jurie’s dedication the Legion is on a firm footing and extremely well organised. ... read more...

MALAWI


For the past 10 years the ex-servicemen and widows of the Basotho Legion of BESL have been cared for by Lt Col Jurie vd Merwe. As a result of Jurie’s dedication the Legion is on a firm footing and extremely well organised. ... read more...


TOURS 2012

Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa


The visit to Zambia was most timely. RCEL’s recently appointed Council member, Lt Col Mike Reeve-Tucker, had arrived in Zambia in February 2012. Mike wasted no time in making contact with our associate organisation, the Ex-Serviceman’s League of Zambia (ESLZ). ...read more...

Montserrat, Trinidad & Tobago, Guyana


The Montserrat Legion has 9 registered eligible Veterans; 3 of these receive welfare grants from the Royal Canadian Legion. Mr Lionel Nanton MBE (ex RAF who returned to Montserrat in 1967) has been the Honorary Secretary for many years. ... read more...

India: New Delhi, Bangalore & Chennai


The Indian Ex-Services League have 13,800 Veterans and Widows who are eligible for assistance. IESL is very well organised and efficiently disburses grants to those most in need. RCEL assisted over 3,700 beneficiaries in 2012 who each received a small grant. ... read more...

Gambia


The Gambia Legion had identified 837 eligible Veterans and Widows at the time of the visit and the SCOWP funds provided by RCEL were utilised to assist 134 of the most needy.

TOURS 2011

Malaysia & Sri Lanka

This visit to Malaysia was a
little unusual in that it gave the Secretary General the opportunity to see a newly formed organisation, the Malaysian Ex-British Army Association (MEBAA), in operation. 
... read more...

Tanzania

The visit to Tanzania was a success, particularly with the reassurance that Major Ian Sharp is now co-ordinating all RCEL welfare activity in the country. ... read more...

Belize, Cayman Islands & Jamaica

The Belize Ex-Services League (BEL) have identified 54 eligible veterans and widows. Of these, 41 are in need and receive financial support. The veterans served with the British Honduras Battalion (BHB) or the Foresters Battalion (FB).
... read more...

Ghana, Nigeria & Sierra Leone

The Veterans Administration of Ghana (VAG) is well organised and a forward thinking organisation with strong support from the Government. ... read more...

 Somaliland

This was an important visit as due to the security situation in Somaliland there had been no RCEL visit for 12 years. The visit was a success, due in the main to the support provided by the British Defence Adviser, Colonel Ronnie Bradford. ...read more...
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